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Two Suffolk Councils agree plans to create a single council

Wednesday 4th October, 2017

Proposals to create a new West Suffolk Council to help drive prosperity, jobs and meet future challenges will be sent to Government to consider.

Plans for the new authority that would replace Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils were backed at a recent cabinet meeting.

The business case suggests the new council could better drive jobs, deliver services and continue investment to support local communities than the current arrangement.

In addition it would generate around £800,000 in savings and efficiencies and help protect the additional £4 million of annual savings already produced by sharing services.

Forest Heath District Councillor James Waters, said: “Staying still is not an option if we are to meet future challenges and better champion our communities, both locally and nationally, as well as continuing to deliver high quality services. This means we are not only in a better position to have a louder voice but a real opportunity to find even more effective ways to work more closely and support our local organisations and residents.”

St Edmundsbury Borough Council Leader, Councillor John Griffiths, said: “Not only can we continue to deliver high quality services but we can better champion our area, drive the local economy, jobs and prosperity in West Suffolk while tackling the challenges facing all public services.

 

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